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JURY SELECTION 101: THE OPENING

I recently reported for jury duty, despite knowing with my time as a prosecutor, later as a defense attorney and teaching lawyers online nationally about jury selection, the chances of me being selected were slim to none. On this occasion, I didn’t even get asked any questions, but I did have two days to watch the process. I saw a few things that could have been improved. Actually, many things. In this article, I’m going to only focus on the beginning of questioning, and provide a few quick tips for…

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How to Compete at a Moth StorySLAM

The Moth just celebrated its 20th anniversary. Founder George Dawes Green, a storyteller from the American South, used to spin tales in the summer to friends, while moths flocking to his porch light. He moved to New York and took his tradition along. Now, there are 500 storytelling programs each year in the U.S. and abroad. The Moth Radio Hour is heard on 400 radio stations and is available as a podcast, with 1 million listeners. One of the ways to get your story told is to compete at a…

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3 Secrets to Making A Great First Impression

Perhaps you've heard the expression "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." How quickly do people form an opinion of you? Seconds? Minutes? WORSE. Not to scare everyone, but Princeton psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov conducted experiments that showed first impressions occur in 1/10th of a second and aren't greatly altered by longer exposure to the person. It isn't fair, but many judgments are made on faces alone. Studies show that naturally attractive people get better outcomes in all forms of life. But what can…

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Learn to Speak the Language of Love

Is love a mystery? Not really. If you're in a relationship, or planning to be in one, one of the best things you can do is learn to be a better communicator. Below are some quick tips on how to bring even more love into your life. Determine your love language by taking the 5 Love Languages Test by Dr. Gary Chapman. http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/couples/ If you don't want to take this test online, there is an option to download the .pdf file. You will find which of the 5 Love Languages…

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Lawyers: How to Win Cases with Storytelling

  Remember being a child and having your favorite book read to you by a parent? Or hearing someone tell a funny family story that is often repeated? How about telling your friends about something great that happened over the weekend? Storytelling is the oldest form of narrative communication by humans. It's wired into our DNA. Every human culture uses stories in an attempt to explain and make sense of the universe. The fastest way to connect to a jury when presenting your case is to use stories. When you talk…

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7 Steps to Promoting a Bestselling Book

If you're a writer, it's likely you've spent countless hours conceptualizing, writing, and editing your book. You've also probably spent as much or more time getting it published. Now what? Brooke Warner, publisher at She Writes Press, recently spoke at Publishers and Writers San Diego about the value of building an author platform. She shared an analogy that I loved, saying, "Some writers want to hole up as they write, only to emerge after the book is done or published with the expectation that the readers will come. But not…

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QUICK TIPS ON LEADING DURING A CRISIS

Sometimes stressful situations make you feel like you're in a building that's on fire, your hair’s on fire and everything is crashing down around you. Studies have shown that 90% of top performing leaders stay calm and in control during times of crisis-- but it isn’t always easy. Here are a few tips to help weather the storm: 1)  Take a Deep Breath The event you're in, or the problem you need to solve, won't spin out of control any faster if you take a moment for yourself. Do some…

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12 Quick Tips to Help You Feel Confident

None of us go through life with our confidence meter stuck on 100% all of the time. Why do we feel confident? Why don't we? Improving our confidence takes self-reflection and practice. I recently conducted a  workshop on improving self-confidence at the University of San Diego's Women's Center. I had about an hour to condense a broad topic into a crash course. In addition to a quick look at psychological studies of confidence issues based on gender, and providing a detailed handout for self-reflection, here are a few ideas I…

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THREE QUICK TIPS FOR TACKLING TOXIC PEOPLE

          Know-It-Alls, Bullies, Whiners, Gossips, Angry Aggressors, Passives...           We've all come across toxic people, in both our work and personal lives. But what do you do when you're stuck dealing with one for more than a prolonged encounter? During a recent seminar I taught on how to read body language, an attendee had a question. It began with him describing how a co-worker sat with one hand behind his head and what that meant. This was easy to decipher. The guy was practically yelling "I'm…

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How to Detect a Liar

Let's face it, everyone lies. Lies can run the spectrum from trying not to hurt someone's feelings to toxic manipulation in work, life or love. Can you tell when someone is lying? Fortunately, with a little practice, liars can become easy to spot. These simple tips will help you not be deceived. Listen To What Is Being Said "Timmy, did you eat one of the cookies without asking?" a mom questions her six year old. "No, Mommy. I did not eat one of the cookies without asking." If you know…

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